Your home is where fires are most likely to happen. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to safely escape from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Planning and practice can help make the most of the time you have to escape.

Safety Tips

Keep Doorways and Windows Clear of Obstructions

All doors and windows should open easily and allow you to escape quickly and safely.

Keep walkways and common areas clear of slip/ trip hazards, such as:

  • Footwear, toys, etc.
  • Large items.
  • Water.
  • Wiring.

Hoarding, Stacking Hazards

  • Keeping large amounts of items in the home is a fire hazard.
  • Items stored too close to heat sources may catch and/or fuel a fire.
  • Hoarding prevents escape, creating a high-risk of injury or death.
  • Rodents may thrive in this environment and may chew wires causing a spark.

Help First Responders Help You

First responders cannot move swiftly through a home filled with clutter.

  • It impedes the search and rescue of people and pets.
  • It delays medical service.
  • It increases the risk of being trapped.


  • If you smoke, smoke outside. Never smoke in bed.
  • Never smoke where medical oxygen is used. Oxygen can make an existing fire burn faster and hotter.
  • Place deep, sturdy ashtrays or a metal can wherever you smoke. The ashtrays or metal cans should be placed away from anything that can burn.
  • Before you throw out cigarette butts and ashes, ensure they are extinguished. Never empty smoking material directly into a trash can. Place it in water or sand prior to disposal.
  • Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials out of the reach of children in a locked cabinet.
    Fires have occurred while vaping products, including electronic cigarettes, were in use, being charged, or during transportation.

WARNING: Never leave charging e-cigarettes unattended.